This is sort of overstating what should be obvious, but if you are growing a company, and if you are growing it outside of the U.S. or whatever country you are based in, you should have your voice mail have a message in English, and your native country second.
I know this is sort of nationalistic (I confess: I am an America…camping out in Israel).
I know using the telephone / smartphone for voice calls is old school, but sometimes having a real time conversation, or having the ability for someone from afar to reach you, and leave a voice mail can really help.
I actually use the telephone (I think that is what we still call it) on my iPhone to….. make phone calls. I get stuff done, in real time, on the phone, not only to avoid undneeded meetings, but to get to the point of what is needed, and how I can help add value to whatever you may need.
1. Leave your voice mail in English. Make it short, and tell the caller your prefered method of being reached. Email, Messenger, LinkedIn, smoke signals?
2. Having a voice mail with your voice let’s people know they actually reached you. I can’t tell you how many times I call someone, it goes to voice mail, it’s in Hebrew, and I have no clue if I called you, or someone else.
3. List your phone number on your email signature. This is especially useful when you are meeting someone for the first time and you can’t find each other.
4. If you are traveling, or expect to not be able to respond sooner than later, then set the expectation accordingly.
Ask the person to leave a detailed message if you don’t know them.
It’s yours to own.
Own your voice mail and help those trying to reach you help you in return.
(photo by me — shot in NYC)